Jefferson Co. traffic stop leads to apparent suicide

STEUBENVILLE – One man is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and another is in custody following a motor vehicle pursuit in Jefferson County.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers attempted to stop a 2002 Dodge Ram pick-up truck for a marked lanes violation, on State Route 213, near milepost 3, at 2:22 a.m. today. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. The driver, Michael R. Boone, 32, of Steubenville fled troopers for approximately twenty minutes; reaching speeds of 60 MPH. Boone then came to a stop at his residence at 78 Randolph Lane, before his passenger, Michael G. Maurer, 32, of Richmond and he fled on foot.

Maurer was apprehended by troopers a short distance away and was found to be in possession of a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic pistol. He was taken into custody without further incident and incarcerated at the Jefferson County Jail.

Boone fled into his residence while troopers attempted to apprehend him. Once inside the residence, troopers lost sight of Boone and heard what appeared to be a single gunshot.

Troopers retreated to safety and a perimeter was established around the residence. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Special Response Team responded to assist. A robot was deployed into the residence and the suspect was found to be deceased.

The incident remains under investigation by the Patrol, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.